York MP backs direct action on fracking

Third Energy's facility at Kirby Misperton
Third Energy's facility at Kirby Misperton
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YORK CENTRAL MP Rachael Maskell has backed the right of protestors to take “direct action” over plans to frack in North Yorkshire.

Ms Maskell was speaking after visiting the protest camp at Kirby Misperton, in Ryedale, at the site where Third Energy plans to use the controversial mining method.

She said: “Kirby Misperton is on the front line in the national fight against fracking. There were almost 4,000 local objections to the planning application, over 99 per cent of all respondents, all ofwhom were completely ignored.

“If politicians do not listen to the voices of local residents, then they are left with no choice but to take direct action and protect their environment, and then have their say at the ballot box come the election.”

A march between Kirby Misperton and a fracking site in Lancashire begins on Wednesday.